Stage one of the master planned Ginninderry project, a joint venture between the ACT Government and Riverview Developments, has been granted development approval following two sales releases across the second quarter of 2017.
Ginninderry stretches from the north western suburbs of Canberra (Holt and Macgregor) across the ACT/NSW border into a part of the Yass Valley.
Civil work construction has now been approved to commence in September while construction of the display village will begin in late 2017/early 2018.
The Ginninderry project is offering 350 dwellings consisting of a mix of land, flexi-living and house and land packages.
86% of flexi-living homes and blocks of land have sold in the first two sales releases, with only a handful of dwellings remaining available.
The new suburb of Strathnairn will be the first in the master planned community of Ginninderry that will evolve over the next 30 years.
ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry said Strathnairn was named after a historical homestead. It has been used as a community arts facility since 1977 and provides working spaces for artists, crafts people and community groups.
Ginninderry will consist of four suburbs – three in the ACT and one in New South Wales (subject to rezoning approval), with the first of these being Strathnairn and Macnamara.
Ginninderry MasterplanPlanning and discussions with the community have been ongoing since 2013 for both the ACT and NSW components of the project site.
Notwithstanding Ginninderry's 6 Star Green Star rating, Professor Jenny Stewart, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year said that more work needed to be done on sustainability.
Professor Stewart expressed concern that not enough work had been done on Aboriginal heritage:
It is at the landscape level, though, that the Aboriginal heritage of this area is most significant. Ginninderra Creek was an important route, for culture, trade and food-gathering. With a little imagination, it would be possible to bring to life, for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, just how Aboriginal people used this area. But if these paddocks are allowed to grow only houses, there is little chance of this objective ever being realised.